Hello from Foothill's Farm near Swellendam. And thanks to all those who have written to me to find out how the move went and if all is OK. It is :)
Actually, I'm at the moment I'm at a free wi-fi cafe in Swellendam - so this will be a posting without pictures - that'll have to wait until I have a proper internet connection on the farm.
The past two weeks has been exhausting - what with finalizing the packing, scrubbing each nook and cranny (every wall tile, all the floor tiles, every cupboard - inside and out - the walls behind the fridge, washing machine and dishwasher, etc.) of the the house clean for the new owner, leaping tiredly into the car and then following the moving truck to our rented storage in the town near to the farm, off-loading there and then finally making our way to the farm at 9.45 p.m. that evening. Understandably, RMan and I just collapsed into bed that night. I reckon the stress of the past weeks / months is going to take a little while to work it's way out of our systems - so sleep is the main priority for both of us at the moment. Mother Nature knows best - and that includes our bodies too :)
RMan had an important meeting with the local "water committee" on Saturday morning, so I started what is going to be a l-o-n-g period of unpacking what I could, sorting and trying to make just a small amount of floor space. Thankfully, I had numbered the boxes, and had a list of the contents, so all the completely unnecessary boxes will remain in storage until the building of our garage is completed. WGuy, MKid and their three dogs are still on their plot - connecting up their water, installing a couple of solar panels in order that they have some lighting at night, and also a way of charging their phones and 'puters. They have popped round everyday to make use of our bathroom facilities, join us for their meals and generally have a bit of "people" contact. Bless, WGuy - he's sorted out the majority of my 'puter set up, but I have to wait for my service provider to obtain a dongle with an external aerial outlet - I need a much better connection and without the new dongle that is just not possible.
MKid and WGuy and the three dogs have to return to Joey's tomorrow and will only probably return in either September for another preparatory visit or in December, when they're all (DD, WGuy and MKid and three dogs) are hoping to make the move permanent :)
So - until the garage is complete, and we can install the new solar panels on it's roof and the 6 X 2 volt batteries we still have to purchase, life is going to be a bit of a camping trip still, with our power supply very limited to 4 X damaged deep cycle batteries powered by solar panels being inadequately charged in mainly cloudy conditions. Never mind - it'll be worth it in the not too distant future.
As soon as I have the new dongle and aerial, I'll be back to regular blogging and commenting / reading everyone else's blogs. Until then, please bear with me... :)
"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003